Wednesday, March 22, 2023

SSION And Ariel Pink Are Minelli And Taylor In Video For “At Least The Sky Is Blue”


The video for “At Least The Sky Is Blue” features a version of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey My My” performed by Pink and SSION in drag as the titular characters at exactly 4:00. It’s definitely worth your time if you’re into that sort of thing. Otherwise, enjoy the entire video for the musicality of it all and now for the press release:

Creative mastermind and musician Cody Critcheloe, the force behind the multi-faceted music / art project SSION (pronounced SHUN), today has released a new video for his recently released single “At Least The Sky is Blue” ft. Ariel Pink, the new single from his third full-length studio album O. In addition to today’s video release SSION has announced that his forthcoming album O is slated for release on May 11th via Dero Arcade.

Taking aesthetic cues from 90s era David Fincher, Gregg Araki and Pedro Almodavar, the music video for “At Least The Sky Is Blue” is a love story centered on longing. With appearances by porn star Adam Ramzi (SSION’s brother/lover) and Ariel Pink (SSION’s guardian angel) the story revolves around an LA fever dream of sex, drugs, techno, salads and image obsession, culminating in a drag performance by SSION and Ariel Pink channeling the late icons Liza Minnelli and Elizabeth Taylor.

On the origin of the video, SSION shares: ” I wanted to make a narrative music video that felt akin to the cult gay movies I grew up worshipping but with a modern twist and modern accessories…. something romantic and tragic but still winking and smirking along the way. Set against a psychedelic and exhausted LA backdrop, I find myself deep inside a cliche: a crush on someone unattainable. Crushes can leave a bigger stain than a relationship because you fall in love with the potential of something rather than the reality. When it never fully manifests you always play back the fantasy in your head and it becomes more romantic, tragic, psychedelic… massive.”

With his incredible flair for writing contagious and passionate pop songs that blur both genre and gender, as well as the highly revered videos that Critcheloe self-directs, SSION has managed to build a cult like following within the art/fashion/music communities. Stay tuned for more news from SSION and be sure to catch him as he makes his way across the country opening for Beth Ditto (full tour dates below).


3/14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
3/15 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
3/16 – Montreal, Quebec @ Fairmount Theatre
3/17 – Toronto, Ontario @ Mod Club
3/19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
3/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
3/24 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
3/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
3/27 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
3/28 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Imperial
3/29 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox

Greg Kinne
Greg Kinne
Greg started Culture Fiend as a way to discuss the many facets of pop culture. Greg usually surrounds himself with Star Wars action figures, Legos and a healthy supply of interesting films and unusual records.


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